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Accident: 202476412 - Employee'S Fingers Are Amputated By Mechanical Shears

Accident: 202476412 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 10/30/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266295002/02/20103499Cablofil Inc
At approximately 10:25 a.m. on October 30, 2009, Employee #1, who was apparently employed by MJO Staffing (a job placement agency), was working at Cablofil, Inc., in Pico Rivera, CA. Employee #1 was working in the fabrication department of Building Number 3, where aluminum electrical cable trays were cut. According to Employee #1, he was attempting to remove a tape measure by using his fingers to lift up the tape from within the point of operation. Employee #1 claimed that without warning, Employee #2 actuated the full revolution mechanical shear. However, Employee #3 stated that Employee #2 made an announcement prior to actuating the shear. The shear amputated Employee #1's right hand ring and middle fingers. Employee #1 was treated at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where he stayed for one night. Investigators determined that the injury was caused by an improperly adjusted point of operation guard. The shear guard opening was measured at 1.875 inches, which allowed Employee #1 to reach into the "hold down" device and point of operation. According to Cal/OSHA regulations, the maximum allowed guard opening for shears is 0.375 inches.
Keywords: amputated, shear, finger, guard, point of operation, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312662950 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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